Okay – here’s the info on the Birthday Calendars! Chris wanted the custom gift sets and asked about a Birthday Calendar or having me include extra paper that matched so she could cover some that she could purchase elsewhere. Then I got to thinking…I have a bind-it-all, I have a Carl cutter – this is totally doable! So I went to work! Matthew made me a template in Word so that I can print the months out and then cut them lengthwise with my Carl cutter.

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The sheets end up as 4 1/4 x 11. So just a regular 8.5×11 sheet cut in half. I used SU’s whisper white so they are nice and smooth. As you can see on this one – I remembered to punch the holes in the middle with my crop-a-dial so that it can be hung on the wall with a nail. This step must be done *before* you bind your calendar! I forgot about it on the first two – or rather, I didn’t get that great idea until then!

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I did the covers by cutting some of that thinner cardboard that comes with 12×12 paper – like when you order it by the package or order it online? I cut those to be just slightly bigger than the calendar pages. Then I cut some matching patterned paper and stuck that on with mono multi – and I’m not perfect so I do any necessary trimming at this point! I used the bind-it-all here and did both covers in the machine at once. Then I split the pages in two stacks of 6 and punched those – I didn’t measure, I just eye-balled it to center it. It lined up really nicely! I used 1/2 in coils for mine. Because of the thickness of the covers, I found this to be a good size. If you used something thinner for the covers, you would be better off with a smaller coil.

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Here’s the way it looks opened up after it’s been coiled. I wrapped a ribbon around the top to dress it up a little – it’s 11 inches long – it needed something, lol! I made the label in PSE 5 and printed those out and punched them with my marvy punches. I just glued my scalloped oval down with mono because I didn’t want it sticking out on dimensionals to get caught on stuff.

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Here they all are! I definitely learned more as I went. The first two didn’t have the holes punched for hanging on the wall. Two of them don’t have the coil ‘seam’ (if you have a bind-it-all, you know what I am talking about) inside the calendar instead of outside. Any questions?

Ok – that’s it! They were pretty simple once I got going! I used my sister’s fonts – but please be aware – they are free for PERSONAL use. This would be commercial use if you were to make them and sell them. Then you would need to contact her about pricing. Just a note as a lot of people don’t realize that about fonts! Ok – they are being added to the *shop* page right now. I will be adding more things throughout the day (like a whole new batch of gift sets!), but I gotta go grocery shopping right now!

**ETA** For the month names I used the font Love Ya Like A Sister and for the tag on the front I used one she used to sell in her digi store – Drives Too Fast. I’m sorry – it’s not currently available unless you have the sister-hook-up, lol!**